Friday, September 11, 2009

British Prime Minister Considering Shift to Ranked Choice Voting

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is considering shifting the UK election system to be like the Pierce County Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) system.

Brown is pondering putting such a shift in election systems on the next national ballot. The British "first past the post" system is viewed as being quite unfair to opposition parties such as the Liberal Democrats. The Labor Party is considering such a change since they are concerned about becoming a minor party given their current standings in the polls.

The British are looking at the experiences of the Australian system (called alternative vote system) which is called Ranked Choice Voting in Pierce County, Washington.



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